A jury was to have been selected for Glenn Hamilton, 49, who lived in Gilmer when the Aug. 5, 2012 offense occurred, Byrd said.
In a news release, the district attorney summarized the circumstances of the case as follows:
At 8 a.m. last Aug. 5, "a welfare call was made regarding a small red truck blocking the road." Gilmer police patrolman Casey Driggers responded to find the defendant behind the wheel, and a female passenger, both "passed out" with the engine not running.
Driggers awakened Hamilton, who said he "was asleep because they became tired at 2 a.m. and pulled over." Although there were no warrants for Hamilton, Driggers "found the behavior to be suspicious and asked permission to search the vehicle."
Hamilton granted it, admitting there were drugs in the truck, including methamphetamine inside a black can. After handcuffing the defendant, Driggers found the methamphetamine and blue pills which Hamilton said were Xanax (a prescription anti-anxiety drug).
The defendant was then taken to jail.
A laboratory's examination of the methamphetamine showed it weighed "just over four grams, a second degree felony in Texas, "said Byrd.
He represented the state at the sentencing, while Longview attorney Scott Novy represented Hamilton.